TRADEMARKS

VENEZUELA

GDP: $381,3 BILLION
IMPORTS: $59.32 BILLION
POPULATION: 30,69 MILLION
TOTAL AREA: 916,445 Km2
CURRENCY: BOLÍVAR FUERTE (VEF)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH
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WIPO-administered Treaties:

Contracting Party of the Paris Convention: YES
Contracting Party of the Madrid System: NO

Trademark Law in Force:

1956 Industrial Property Law

Classification:

National classification system (50 classes). The equivalent international class (eigth edition) must be indicated as well.

Multiclass Applications:

NO

Registrable Trademarks:

Any distinctive signs such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers and devices.

Formal filing requirements:

• Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized within 30 days from the application date.
• Certified copy of the priority application and its translation into Spanish within 60 days from filing date. The translation of the priority application must be signed by a sworn registered local translator.

Examination:

Absolute grounds for refusal: YES
Relative grounds for refusal: YES

Opposition period:

30 days from publication date.

Average time from filing to grant:

Approximately 15 months unless any obstacles were raised.

Term of protection:

15 years from the date of registration for those trademarks granted from September 17, 2008 on.

Use requirements:

YES. The cancellation can be requested if the trademark has not been used for a time period of 2 years, counting from the date of registration. However, as the burden of proof of non-use rests on the applicant of the cancellation request, in practice it is extremely difficult to obtain the cancellation of a trademark.

Grace period for renewal:

Not available

Link to Trademark Office:

http://www.sapi.gob.ve/

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